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WINDFALL FOR SKYFALL: $88.4 MILLION (updated)

November 11, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Daniel Craig, who remarked after learning that he had been selected to play James Bond in 2005 that he recognized that the franchise is a machine that “makes a lot of money,” has made the machine the most money for a Bond opening ever — an estimated $87.8 million [see updated figures below] for Skyfall. […]

MOVIEGOERS GO BACK TO THE MOVIES

November 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Moviegoers along the East Coast, after battling Hurricane Sandy a week earlier, returned to theaters in droves over the weekend, pushing the box office up 53 percent above the previous week. It was up 20 percent above the comparable weekend a year ago, when Paramount/DreamWorks Animation’s Puss in Boots led with $33.1 million. Heading the […]

FEATURED BEVERAGE FIRMS SEEK PRODUCT REPLACEMENT IN FLIGHT

November 6, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Anheuser-Busch and the distributor of Stolichnaya vodka are reportedly unhappy about the use of their products in Paramount’s new hit film Flight, which shows Denzel Washington drinking Budweiser and Stoly. Ordinarily they might even have been expected to pay a product-placement fee to have them included in the movie. But the character played by Washington […]

AFTER A WRECKED WEEKEND, WRECK-IT SAVES THE DAY (Updated)

November 5, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Parents clearly wanted to reward their kids for coping with last weekend’s terrifying storm by taking them to the movies to see Disney’s animated Wreck-It Ralph. In many areas of the East Coast, schools were still cleaning up on Friday and many parents also had the day off, boosting matinee business on that day. The […]

WRECK-IT BESET BY WRECKAGE

November 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

Box office pundits are predicting that Disney’s Wreck-It Ralph will become a smash this weekend. But they’re hedging their predictions for the box office as a whole given widespread power outages and theater damage still plaguing much of the East Coast in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. Based on earlier tracking, the animated 3D movie […]

MOVIE REVIEWS: FLIGHT

November 2, 2012 by · Leave a Comment 

While virtually every review of Flight, starring Denzel Washington, is positive, those reviews are mostly tempered by some hard-edged criticism. Mick LaSalle in the San Francisco Chronicle spends the first 90 percent of his review praising the performances, Robert Zemeckis’s direction, and the taut script by John Gatins. “Now for the bad news,” he writes […]